Definition of scaup in English:


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Pronunciation: /skɔːp


  • A Eurasian, North American, and New Zealand diving duck, the male of which has a black head with a green or purple gloss.
    • Family Anatidae: three species in the genus Aythya, in particular the widespread (greater) scaup (A. marila), with a black breast and white sides
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    • The lesser scaup is a lovely duck indeed, one that, on its own merits, should always be a pleasure to spy on a lake or stretch of sea coast.
    • There are mallards galore, the males with their metallic green heads and the females a dowdy brown, and busy little black scaups, bobbing like bath toys.
    • As the tiny sailor joined the rest of its crew, our eyes were drawn to a small raft of scaup.


late 17th century: Scots variant of Scots and northern English scalp 'mussel-bed', a feeding ground of the duck.

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